i have fm and ache all over. It's taking a toll on me? Ultram verses Vicodin? Any input would be appreciated. Tx
Tramadol - Is ultram good for FM pain? I've read horror stories and getting off this med?
Added 18 Jul 2012:
I was diagnosed 5 or so years ago with fb. I do have arthritis and have had a total knee this past march. I'm planning on having the other knee this fall. The L knee is really bad too but that was my good knee after the total knee. I put alot of stress on it. I have flareups with fm on and off but this pain is getting to me. I see the PC tomorrow , I've been on vicodin 2 a day in the past and to be honest thats not that much. I do know they (PC) has brought up Ultram but the side effects scare me. Plus having surgery in the fall I read that you have to wean off Utram which from what I was reading does not sound that great. I'm just having a bad week. I ache all over and I'm wearing out.. One can only take so much ibruprofen until that catches up the heart burn is unreal.. So no more ibruprofen for me.. Thanks to everyone that responded I really apprecite the input.
18 Jul 2012
At very least Vicodin made me feel good. I didn't abuse it and has no trouble stopping. But I only took it for less than 2 weeks. Tramadol didn't make me feel anything abnormal, which is what I wanted. Just wanted pain relief. Now I'm in a living hell 48 hours since my last dose. Never would I suggest this drug, but if one "must" know the risks and be prepared to go through some horrible withdrawals if you stop. It's just not been worth it to me and was not nearly as good at relieving pain either.
18 Jul 2012
I tend to disagree with the last answer. If you have trolled this site much, you will see the horror stories of using tramadol for pain control. It is very addictive as is vicodin. What do you know about fibromyalgia? Have you been diagnosed for very long? The first step is learning by reading all that you can about this disease. If fibromyalgia is your only problem (and I say 'only' lightly) you can manage it without drugs at all. No one said it would say, & frankly popping a pill for it isnt going to do you much good.I will give you references to both drugs you mention below. A lot of people agree with me & a lot don't, but my theory on fibromyalgia which I have had all of my life, is exercise & keep moving at all costs! When that couch looks so inviting & the thought of a wee nap arises in your head do just the opposite. I guarantee you will feel much better.
I always tell everyone that I have had this since I was at least 5 years old am & now 66. I was actually diagnosed in 1992, & the rheumatologist just wanted me to try different drugs every six weeks as each one failed to help much. When he told me he took up the field of rheumatology so he could work a 9 to 5 job, & not be bothered with calls in the middle of the night for emegencies, I realized then he was just a pill pusher making big bucks! It had taken the better part of my life to find out 'what' was wrong with me & that was a huge relief, but then to find out their is not a cure, & most doctors still wern't on board so to speak about the diagnosis, I felt it was up to me to read, read, read about this horribly painful disease & learn all I could about what causes it, & what can be done about it. I personally don't believe in a narcotic type of drug to help with fibro pain.l Exercise & keeping movement is critical. Even when that couch looks so inviting, pass it by for a walk around the block. Be sure you keep moving is the main key in all of this. Also please read as much a you can about fibromyalgia. There are sites everywhere about it. What causes it & what helps it. One I really like is by DRDryland.com, who is a doctor who explains that he has sucessfully treated many cases of fibromyaliga. His theory of this disease is that it's a CNS problem of depetion of the adenal galnds that produce dopamine & that it never gets to the brain stem to allow us to sleep. We become to the fight or flight positon, & do to sleep well.Another theory is that we do not get into REM sleep which is crutial for our body to handle the next day, Yes, some drugs may help to get you to sleep at night, but they carry their own set of prolems too. Actually Parkinsons drugs have helped people with fibromyalgia have tried others like elavil & trazadone which did help me sleep better for awhile, but didn't apparently help with the REM sleep,I currently take oxycodone, but not for fibromyalgia. I have lots of physical ailments that it does help, but it never touches the fibro pain. If you click on my avatar you can read my profile & see why I must take an opiate pain reliever. This will be my legacy for as long a I live. The only good advice I can give you is move about & exercise even if it's just streching like Yoga, & other low impact exercise.Take supplements as in a multi vitamin/mineral. Calcium with magnesium & zinc. Extra vitamin C at 1000mg for leg cramps that most of us get in the midle of the night. My doctors totally approve of all these things, & are very happy that I am proactive & my own advocate for my health conditions. The two drugs you mention are both highly addictive, & if you start taking they will build a tolerance & just have to keep them being dosed up to keep you at a level of comfort (which I still don't believe they do)Their links below gives you a lot of info about each of these drugs. Tamadol is evil as it has been touted to doctors as a non-addictting pain med with little or none addictive qualities. WRONG! It is addictive, & if you use it & decide it doesn't help, you cannot suddenly stop it as it carries the risk of seizures. Vicodin is a the low end of narcotic pain meds. It has lots of tylenol which is hard on the liver. You will soon build a tolerance to the dose & will have to keep having it increasd to get the same effect. If you have never tried any of these pain or presciption pills, you also don't know whether you have an addictive personality. If you do you will soon be hooked & have a whole new set of problems. You really don't want to go there believe me! Go to the addiction forum on this site & see how many people have started very innocently on taking vicodin after a sugery or such, & have ended up in rehab or need to be in rehab. It's staggering.Please for you own sake, read all you can about fibro & teatments for it. Some will want you to go the drug route, but for your own sanity & safety please reconsider what you are thinking. I wish you the best for sure, & hope I have given you something to think about...
17 Jul 2012
It's very much the same as Vicodin, meaning it is not hard at all to stop if the instructions are followed. If I had the choice though I would say the Vicodin works best, for me, although Tramadol works best for my RLS. Anyway, what I said at the top stands, if they're not abused there is no further issue with either one. Hope this helps.
17 Jul 2012
Hello boobones. I stay away from comparisons especially in regards to the pain drugs because I really do not know about them in personal testimonies. I've never taken Vicodin and was on Tramadol for just about a years time. Tramadol had its moments for me but I believe that was a result of being on other medications at the time. In regards to one vs the other, it might just depend on how strong the pain levels are. Vicodin should be the choice for pain relief but thats an outsiders point of view and not from personal experience. Regards, pledge
18 Jul 2012
Mary (above) is very adamant about exercise and no meds for fibromyalgia. That has helped her.
While I agree that exercise is one of the best ways to control it, everyone experiences various pain levels with fibromyalgia. Some have horrific pain with it. Especially people are different with the medications. I have read the reviews of Savella where people said that it took away their fibromyalgia completely!! (I had intense nausea from it and couldn't get up to dose.) I know that Trazodone has helped me tremendously. If medication can help you without any side effects or not a lot of side effects, it may be worthwhile.
17 Jul 2012
Tramadol is a med that when abused is a bear to get off of. If you take it as ordered and follow what the dr says to get off of it, you will do ok. I take it for FM and it works as good as any of the others. You have to take it before the pain gets bad though, you can't wait until you're really hurting to take it. Your object has to be to prevent the pain, not get rid of it. The extended release form works best for me, but it is so much more expensive that I can't get it.
17 Jul 2012
I think that you would be better off trying the medications meant for fibromyalgia, such as Lyrica, Savella, Trazodone and I think Cymbalta. Ive never had any relief in my fibromyalgia from any of the pain killers that I took for my migraines.
Also if you are able to start exercising just a little bit and then slowly extend the time, that gives people the most relief with fibromyalgia.
With any of the narcotics, which Tramadol is similar to, you risk bad side effects with getting off of them. On another posting on this website, a bunch of people had great difficulty getting off of Tramadol. I didn't have any problems stopping it and Lorcet for 5-6 days and then getting it far less frequently. Getting off of it completely also didn't trouble me. But everyone is different. I had terrible side effects from getting off another med which others don't necessarily have difficulty stopping.
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